The Local View ? Neighbourhood Cinemas and Alternative Film Projects

Many small neighbourhood cinemas invested in the future. The digital options for showing films are opening up new vistas for alternative projects. Not all of them are legal.... more more

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Friday 28 April, 2006

Daniel Goldhagen warns that political Islam has gone into the offensive and is advancing towards all important political arenas. "The Islamic issue" is forcing Europe's cultural institutes to refocus and relocate. Poet Wolf Biermann explains why Haydn's Emperor's Quartet makes him puke, curse and weep. And a stage adaptation of Marco Ferreri's film "Blow out" at the Volksbühne seems perversely out of place in down-town Berlin.
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Thursday 27 April, 2006

Die Zeit poses the big questions facing today's "precariat". Burkhard Spinnen spends sleepless nights making the German national soccer team less German. Elfriede Jelinek rallies behind a Bavarian youth radio show. Die Welt explains why Poles dislike talk of "Polish" concentration camps. For the SZ, a cartoon Pope on a joystick is anything but blasphemy. And philosopher Herbert Schnädelbach pooh poohs the conservative education offensive.
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Wednesday April 26, 2006

Provocative sculptor Olaf Metzel has Nuremberg up in arms with a World Cup sculpture that hides the town's hallmark. The taz praises the outstanding architecture of an Austrian supermarket chain. Ilija Trojanow has sampled Bahrain's nightlife and come back to tell the tale. And choreographer Alonzo King finds French courtly dance among the Central African BaAka.
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Tuesday 25 April, 2006

For Mykola Riabchuk, Chernobyl heralded the fall of the Soviet empire. Christof Nel's "Parsifal" brings pity to the fore. Vladimir Kaminer recounts the horrors of mass-reading plays. And mum's the word for Gazprom Media on the anti-pipeline demonstrations sweeping Russia.
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Saturday 22 April - Monday 24 April, 2006

It's a bit of a bleak start to the week. Svetlana Alexievitch remembers the bizarre new world in the Chernobyl zone. Navid Kermani outlines the unappetising effects Iran could set in motion in the wake of an attack on its nuclear facilities. Gabriele Goettle looks at a new ground-breaking study into fatal child abuse. Andreas Saurer visits a Romanian memorial to victims of communism. And the FAZ and Die Welt try to determine the role of Islam in the "honour killing" of Hatun Sürücü.
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Friday 21 April, 2006

Andrej Dinko issues a cry of help from an increasingly oppressed Belarus. A distinctly un-dusty show in Dusseldorf highlights the Japanese role in sixties Avant-garde art. Priceless antiquities are falling off the backs of lorries in Greece with Sotheby's and Christie's written all over them. And Chinese author Yu Hua describes his bafflement at stumbling across a red stiletto heel in the midst of the Cultural Revolution.
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Thursday 20 April, 2006

Palestinian critic Hassan Khader sees history rushing to expose Hamas' victory as a defeat. Jasmila Zbanic's Berlinale-winning "Grbavica" was applauded by a liberal audience in Belgrade. Die Zeit considers the possibility that women have made a mess of emancipation. And at a Sigmund Freud exhibition in Berlin, you can lead the little horsie into the stall and out.
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Wednesday 19 April, 2006

The "nothing generation" is making anti-capitalist waves in Polish literature. The FAZ reports how Yahoo denounced Chinese activists to the authorities. There's a heated debate over La Grande Guerre in France. Germany's family minister says having kids demands naivete. Theatre in Germany lacks the poetic touch, and the taz dreads Neil Young's next anti-Bush CD.
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Saturday 15 April - Tuesday 18 April, 2006

Author Zafer Senocak and politician Cem Özdemir comment on the ruling in the so-called "honour killing" of Hatun Sürücü. Russian writer Viktor Erofeyev sees Europeans falling prey to comfort and consumerism. Theologian Hans Küng wonders if Pope Benedict will be able to wrench the Catholic church out of the Middle Ages. And the blockbuster "United 93" seems to be Hollywood's attempt to reclaim 9/11 for itself.
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Thursday 13, April 2006

The taz is full of wise counsel: the SPD should study successful serial monogamists and Europeans should take comfort in the early years of the not so United States. Actor Bruno Ganz is back in uniform, spouting flak, and the Bilbao Guggenheim presents a fabulous survey of Russian art. And pop music is seeking comfort in stringed schmalz.
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Wednesday 12 April, 2006

Author Feridun Zaimoglu wants to see Turks waving German flags while author Jana Hensel celebrates the end of apoliticism in young German liaterature. The taz considers the papal instrumentalisation of the media while the FAZ draws a distinciton between forced and arranged marriages. Kurt Beck, new leader of the Social Democrats, should be a symbol of continuity and Essen is European Cultural Capital of 2010.
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Tuesday 11 April, 2006

Moritz Rinke asks what Germany's present constellation of chancellor and soccer coach has to offer. Zahra Khomeini sees the "Iranian women on anti depressant statistics" glass as half-full rather than half-empty. For Willibald Sauerländer, Hans Holbein remains inscrutable behind the perfection of his works. Jutta Limbach justifies budget reallocations at the Goethe Institut. And Iris Hanika is wowed by Turkish women's radical chic.
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Saturday 8 April - Monday 10 April, 2006

The set of "Tristan and Isolde" at Berlin's Staatsoper is magnificent - unfortunately the singers barely move through it. Author Najem Wali is dismayed by the failed promises in Iraq and the FAZ is concerned about Indonesia's pornography laws. Plus fond memories of Samuel Beckett and the bitter conclusion that the French intellectual is dead.
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Friday 7 April, 2006

Italy's strange cultural climate came about when Berlusconi embraced Mr and Mrs Clean. France is a schizophrenic royalist revolutionary. Alvis Hermanis talks about theatre's guerilla war in post-Soviet Latvia. The residents of Berlin's problem district Neukölln remain unruffled, and poet Dürs Grünbein gets all gynaecological over Beckett and Proust.
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Thursday 6 April, 2006

Germany's new travel guide provides ample evidence that the country is more innovative than North Korea. Wolfram Siebeck samples Icelandic head aspic in Die Zeit, but misses out on the eyes. And Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich reminisces about entering the Concertgebouw with Pierre Monteux at a snail's pace.
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Wednesday 5 April, 2006

Belarussian journalist Andrej Dynko compares his imprisonment with pregnancy. Sicilian artist Antonello da Messina time travels to the present with shocking realism. Rewatching 'Red Sorghum' shows how far away we are from 1988. And the Goethe's Institute's new cultural policy is based on a gross misunderstanding about Europe.
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Tuesday 4 April, 2006

Polish author Andrej Stasiuk laments Western Europe's disinterest in the fate of its eastern neighbours while French historian Max Gallo hopes that patriotism will save his country from dissolution. In a Basel exhibition, Hans Holbein the Younger proves himself to be truly modern and Berlin conductor Kirill Petrenko has the charisma of a ginseng root but the musicality of a genuis.
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Saturday 1 April - Monday 3 April, 2006

After police have started frisking pupils for arms at a school in Berlin's Neukölln district, two papers rally to the neighbourhood's defence. The SZ marvels at George Clooney's blend of perfect tan and intelligent statements. Denmark is up in arms at Jorgen Leth's tell-all memoirs. Contemporary writers are baking up a storm at Austria's Rauriser Literaturtage. And Andrey Kurkov asks what Ukrainians really want from Europe.
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